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Case Studies

10,000 Steps Walking Program

Description: The 10,000 Steps program aims to increase the day-to-day activity of Queenslanders by encouraging the accumulation of “incidental” physical activity through walking as part of everyday living. Significant health and wellbeing benefits can be made simply by moving more every day. 10,000 Steps is a free program that encourages participants to use a step-counting pedometer […]

Places for People: City of Melbourne improving active transport access

The Places for People study reports on a survey of Melbourne city’s street life and suggest improvements. A collaboration between Professor Jan Gehl and the City of Melbourne’s Urban Design Branch, the Places for People 2004 study finds that the city has been regenerated from an “under-utilised and inhospitable” place to “a vibrant, charming 24-hour […]

End of trip facilities: Brisbane City Council’s ‘bike room’

Brisbane City Council has constructed a best-practice ’bike room’ for its employees. The air-conditioned end of trip facility has separate cycle tunnel entry from Bicentenial Bikeway along Brisbane River to the cycle room and non-slip green bike lanes through the car park to the cycle room. It also includes 150 bicycle racks seven female and […]

Mackay Bluewater Trail: encouraging walking and cycling

The Bluewater Trail is a key component of council’s Bluewater Activation Strategy which looks to develop a range of activities along the riverfront and inner city beachfront through leisure opportunities and selective commercial and residential projects. There are six key sites along the shared pathway including the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Sandfly Creek Environmental walkway, […]

Urban Development: SolarCity, Linz, Austria

Description: This neighbourhood built in Linz Austria has been heralded as an urban development project which has managed to address three aspects of sustainability: economic growth; ecological balance; and, social progress. Its planning started in 1992, through the development of a regional concept plan and master plan. The catalysts for its development were to address the […]

Link Mobility Corridor: Hervey Bay

The Link Mobility Corridor extends 6.2km from the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens in Elizabeth Street, Urangan and connects with the CBD in Pialba. This link follows the former rail line that once took goods to ships at the Urangan Pier. The corridor links key sites, commercial areas and residential communities. The trail is managed by […]

Active Roma: Supporting the community to get active

Description: Active Roma is a joint partnership between Roma Regional Council and Queensland Health. Active Roma also has representatives from Australian Sports Commission and Department of Communities. The aim of the program is to inspire a healthy, active Roma community through supporting residents to make healthy lifestyle choices including physical activity. History In July 2007, a […]

Brisbane Bicycle Parking

Description: Brisbane City Council is implementing a range of public bicycle parking initiatives to better serve the cyclists of Brisbane. Initiatives include: Bicycle racks – provided at over 200 locations around Brisbane Bicycle shelters – shared closed bike cages for storing bicycles implemented at public transport interchanges and shopping centres across Brisbane to improve bicycle security […]

Kelvin Grove Urban Village

The Kelvin Grove Urban Village is a master-planned community, bringing together residential, educational, retail, health, recreational and business opportunities into a vibrant new precinct. It demonstrates best practice as a sustainable, mixed-use community in an infill (existing) city fringe location. The Village was a partnership between the Queensland Government and Queensland University of Technology. Key […]

Active Travel Workplace Program: City of the Gold Coast

Click here to download printable PDF for this case study. Like many larger cities, the Gold Coast faces increasing challenges with traffic congestion which impacts on resident’s productivity, health and work-family balance. Furthermore, 50 per cent of adults in the Gold Coast region are overweight or obese, and obesity amongst children continues to increase. A […]


PedShed analysis

The PedShed analysis technique has been championed in the Western Australian Liveable Neighbourhood Code as a tool to assess the walkability of a neighbourhood.  This tool can be used to assess street layouts for new developments and existing areas, to consider improvements which can be made to connectivity. It can also be used to compare […]

Neighbourhood planning promoting walkability

Every journey begins and ends with walking. Walking does not have a cost, is environmentally friendly and is healthy for both the mind and body. Walking helps reduce air pollution, and lessens the wear and tear, and burden on roads. A key goal to promoting walking and physical activity is to create walkable streets for […]

My neighbourhood maps

Maps can be a key tool in promoting physical activity. They can easily provide visual information on the locations of parks and sporting facilities, walking and cycling routes, destinations etc. This information can be combined to provide region-wide maps or local neighbourhood maps including the locations of these facilities. Key information that can be provided […]

Strategic outcomes that promote physical activity

The content of Strategic Outcomes can be linked: upwards to the corporate plan, remembering this is the policy direction of the council and where the priorities for operating initiatives and funding are derived downwards through the planning scheme, through the purpose of codes and codes themselves. The standard planning scheme provisions for new Planning Schemes […]

Active transport infrastructure code

End of trip facilities End-of-trip facilities are designated places that support cyclists, joggers and walkers in using alternative ways to travel to work rather than driving or taking public transport. From 26 November 2010, end-of-trip facilities must be installed for all new major developments and major additions to major developments located in designated local government […]

Desired standards of service: Public parks, pedestrian and bicycle facilities

Desired standard of service for a network of development infrastructure, means the standard of performance stated in the priority infrastructure plan (refer to schedule 3 of the SPA 2009). (1) The Department of Infrastructure and Planning (DIP) details requirements for desired standards of service for infrastructure in available in “Priority infrastructure planning – Standard infrastructure […]

Physical activity plan

A physical activity plan can form the overriding planning document for council to coordinate and implement actions to increase physical activity. It is also useful in identifying all relevant sections of council with a role in achieving these objectives. This section provides information on steps involved in developing and implementing a physical activity plan. It […]

Active and healthy lifestyle programs

Active and healthy lifestyle programs can be as basic as promoting council’s existing parks and facilities by running physical activity programs to encourage more people to use the facilities. Programs can also contribute to and integrate with other key council objectives — such as educating the community on the environment, creating a sense of community […]

Cycle network strategy

Developing a cycle network plan will assist council in providing a safe and connected network of facilities in its area. This will in turn encourage more people to cycle for all purposes, including for transport, recreation, utility, education and touring. An integrated cycle strategy can address cycling in all aspects of council planning, as well […]

Travel behaviour change: Active school travel plan

Why change travel behaviour? Forty years ago about 75 per cent of children walked or rode to school, and only 25 per cent were driven or used other means of transport. Today, more than 70 per cent of primary school children are driven to and from school every day. Research by Griffith University (School Travel […]